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Joshua House gearing up for the summer

Joshua House is getting ready to make the transition from the school year to the summer vacation months.
Director of Joshua House, Jim Kilmartin, said there are many events in the works.
Currently, Tuesdays after school from 3:30 to 5:30 is homework help and activities, and Wednesdays from 6 to 8 p.m. is Wildfire, which is a kids’ youth group. Joshua House also holds a dance class for beginners on Monday nights.
However, when summer gets started, Joshua House will begin the Jhouse Juniors Program.
“We started it last summer, and we really want to focus on working with elementary kids and their families,” said Kilmartin.
Program activities for the Jhouse Juniors Program include: swimming, field trips to DelGrosso’s Park and Mt. Nittany, community service, indoor and outdoor games, arts and crafts and songs and skits.
Program hours are: 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. parent drop off; 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. camp activities and 3:30 to 5 p.m. parent pick-up.
For more information on the camp program and other Jhouse Juniors programs, visit www.joshuahousetyrone.org. Those interested can download a registration packet today. Financial assistance is available on a first come basis.
Some items are still needed for the Jhouse Juniors program including: rubber bases or dots for games, coloring books, anything crafty, kids’ playing cards (UNO, Old Maid, Go Fish), bulletin boards to display kids’ work/update parents and a parachute. Anyone interested in donating an item may do so by contacting Kilmartin.
In June, the annual summer Faith Factor will be held Sunday evenings for teens and young adults. Faith Factor is a program where teens break into teams and compete in fun activities like scavenger hunts, sports, etc.
As for the actual building located at 123 W. 10th Street, Tyrone, Kilmartin said over the summer, he would like to focus on finishing up work on the outside of the building and getting the parking lot paved. A local boy scout is completing his Eagle Scout project by adding a picnic area in the back of the building.
Kilmartin said they also received a grant from the Blair County Park and Recreation to install a full basketball court in the back of the building. Kilmartin added that renovations to the upstairs cannot be completed until more funds are raised.
Upcoming events for Joshua House also include a Mother’s Day flower sale and a Fourth of July fireworks sale. The 7th Annual Joshua House Street 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament is scheduled for July 21.
Another activity Kilmartin is coordinating for the summer is the Reservoir Park Summer Open Basketball League, which is an open league for players in 9th grade and older. There will be a maximum of 10 teams in the league.
Team entrance fee is $325. There will be a $75 forfeit fee, and games are played on Wednesdays. The league starts June 6. The league will conclude in the middle of August. Players will need team jerseys with numbers.
Basketball players can now enjoy the newly renovated Reservoir Park court and hoops. Contact 684-2032 or info@joshuahousetyrone.org for more information.